List of Once Upon a Time characters
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The characters and creatures of ABC's Once Upon a Time and its spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland are related to classic fairy tale and fantasy characters and creatures, and often tie-in with other Disney media properties.
|Original Counterpart||Cursed Counterpart||Season||Status|
|Horses||N/A||1, 2, 3, W, 4, 5, 6, 7||Existing|
|Horses are animals that are used as mode of transportation in all the realms.
Horses exist in all the realms as transportation. While most ride on horseback, there are some, mostly royalty, who attach their carriage to horses. Horses, just like other inhabitants in all the realms, can also have their hearts ripped out and controlled, with the ability of dying if crushed. Horses can also be inflicted with sleeping curses and have their souls sent to the Netherworld. They can also be brought over by the Dark Curse and upon death, can end up in the Underworld.
|Dwarfs||N/A||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||Existing|
|Dwarfs are humanoids that are shorter than humans.
There are only male dwarfs and they hatch from eggs, fully grown. If fairy dust is sprinkled on an egg, it will hatch earlier with a very positive dwarf, one different than the others.. Upon their first day of work of mining, they are given a dwarf pickaxe which will be inscribed with their new name. The pickaxe is known never to lie. Should there be an important change in a dwarf's life, their pickaxe will follow suit, possibly with a new name.
|Pongo||N/A||1, 2, 4, 6, 7||Alive|
|Pongo is a dalmatian dog.
As a Fairy Tale Land inhabitant, Pongo is one of the few existing Dalmatian breeds seen throughout the series. Characterized as a normal dog, Pongo is brought over by the Dark Curse to Storybrooke as Dr. Archibald Hopper's companion dog. Just like the rest of the cursed inhabitants, Pongo lives an unchanging life for twenty-eoght years in Storybrooke until 2011. Despite being an animal, Pongo's memories can be extracted by using a dreamcatcher, and can also be controlled by Cruella's animal ability.
|The Wolf is a companion of the Huntsman.
Sheriff Graham Humbert's recollection of his being the Huntsman results in a wolf appearing before him. It takes him and Emma Swan to the vault where his heart is said to be, but they are unable to find it.
|Werewolves||N/A||1, 2, 3, 5||Existing|
|Werewolves are people born via genetic inheritance with the ability to shape shift into a wolf during the full moon.
A person born without the gene can become susceptible to also having the ability to shape shift by being marked by a werewolf. Werewolves can be transported by the Dark Curse and have their magical abilities taken while the curse is active.
|Fairies||Sisters of Saint Meissa||1, 2, 3, W, 5, 6, 7||Existing|
|Fairies are tiny humanoids with insect-like wings, which disappear when they are not flying and re-appear as they get ready for take-off.
When fairies fly or change shape, their bodies emit a sparkling glow. Normally fairies are quite small in size, although they have the ability to enlarge themselves to the size of a human. Fairies have colourful lights surrounding their tiny bodies and their dresses have the same colour. In Storybrooke, the fairies are known as the Sisters of Saint Meissa, a group of nuns.
|Dragons||N/A||1, W, 4, 6, 7||Existing|
|Dragons are winged fire-breathing reptiles that reside in mountain caves.
While there are some dragons that only exists in pure dragon form, there are humans which possesses shape-shifting abilities to turn into a dragon. This ability can sometimes be inherited from a parent to child.
|Unicorns||N/A||1, 2, 3, 4||Existing|
|Unicorns are horses with one horn on their head.
There are unicorns that exists in the Enchanted Forest that can give the ability to see the future when someone touches its horn.
|Ogres||N/A||1, 2, 4, 5, 6||Existing|
|Ogres are large humanoid creatures that are the enemies of the humans.
Ogres and humans have long hated each other, and is constantly at war. In the Enchanted Forest, numerous Ogre Wars had been called. Killing an ogre is possible, such as striking an arrow to its eyes.
|Trolls||N/A||1, 2, 7||Existing|
|Trolls are humanoid creatures.
There are many different type of trolls that exists in various realms, such as the bridge trolls from the Enchanted Forest, rock trolls from Arendelle that has the ability to manipulate memories, either to recover or erase, and giant trolls which are larger than normal in the New Enchanted Forest.
|The Mapinguari is an Enchanted Forest creature.
It is known as a hunted creature. There is a hunting trophy of a Mapinguari owned by King Midas.
|Genies||N/A||1, W, 6||Unknown|
|Genies are humanoids that grant wishes to anyone who own their lamps, and they have a weakness for silver.
Genies can grant three wishes to its masters, but some wishes are go horribly wrong as all magic comes with a price. The usage of three genies can alter the laws of magic, which can give the sorcerer that ability to unlimited magical possibilities.
|Agrabahn Vipers||N/A||1, 2||Alive|
|The Agrabahn Vipers are two-headed snakes that originates from Agrabah.
They have poisonous venom that can kill its victim immediately. They can also be transported to the Land Without Magic via the Dark Curse.
|The Wraith is a hooded creature that is summoned by an amulet.
The creature will mark and hunt their victim down and suck out its soul], transporting it to another world, leaving a lifeless body once summoned. However, the victim's soul can be recovered.
|The Chimera is a creature that is described as a combination of a lion, a serpent, and a goat.
It is hunted as food by the Enchanted Forest inhabitants and can be mistaken as Turducken to a Land Without Magic inhabitant.
|Zombies are animated corpses of dead people that can be controlled by a powerful magic user.
Despite having their heart ripped out forcefully which instantly kills them, their heart can still be used to awaken them as the undead.
|Giants are large human-like beings who live at the top of beanstalks, away from humans.
They grow magic beans which were originally used to trade with humans until they are stolen from them. They have the ability to smell the blood of humans. Due to a raid by Prince James where Anton was the only survivor, the Giants are considered endangered in the Enchanted Forest, but there are giants in New Fairy Tale Land.
|The Yaoguai is a fearsome beast that resembles a lion with flames for a mane, eyes, and the tip of its tail.
Yaoguai is a Chinese term that means "demon" and exists in the Empire.
|Shadows||N/A||2, 3, 6||Existing|
|Shadows are shadow people that emulate the human bodies to which they belong.
Shadows can be removed by its owner or other people by ripping from the body, leaving a lifeless body behind. Most shadows are trapped in Dark Hollow in Neverland.
|Mermaids||N/A||3, 4, 6||Existing|
|Mermaids are creatures that are half-human half-fish.
They can travel between realms without any aid from a magic bean or the Dark Curse, even the Land Without Magic if the area has a presence of magic. The mermaids are known to worship a sea goddess of old named Ursula, and have differing personalities based on the realm they reside in. They have the ability to walk on land between high tides, which is 12 hours. However, magic bracelets can allow them to stay in human form so long as they're worn. The mermaids of Neverland are unpleasant and dangerous.
|Rabbits are creatures native of Wonderland and New Fairy Tale Land.
Rabbits have the ability to talk and stand on their two feet. Some rabbits have the ability to dig up portals to various realms using their paws. However, the ability is limited to only realms with magic, and the Land Without Magic, except Storybrooke, is not accessible. There are regular kind rabbits existing in the New Enchanted Forest.
|In Wonderland, the Dragonflies are depicted as dragon-headed versions of themselves that breathe fire.
They are natives of Wonderland and can be found near Mallow Marsh.
|The Mock Turtle is a giant aquatic turtle that is as large as a small island.
It can be commanded to be used as a mode of transport while at sea.
|The Bandersnatch is a monstrous wild boar.
The Bandersnatch mates for life, but the only known male Bandersnatch in Wonderland is dead.
|Blood Scarabs||N/A||W, 4||Alive|
|Blood Scarabs are a type of venomous insects.
The only thing worse than their venom is their blood-lust. Persuasion magic can be used to control and command them.
|Giant Squids reside in the waters near Neverland.
Their possesses magical ink that can temporarily immobilize a person.
|Cecaelias are native to the Enchanted Forest.|
|Deities||N/A||3, 4, 5||Alive|
|Deities are beings from mythology that have greater magic than any mortal can possess.
They are the most powerful beings in all the realms and are immortal. But the Olympian Crystal, originally from Mount Olympus, is able to remove the existence of any deity.
|Medusa is a female half-woman and half-snake creature that possesses the power to transform those who look in her eyes to stone instantly."
She is said to be immortal and no mortal weapons can harm her. However, she can be killed by her own reflection.
|Flying Monkeys||N/A||3, 5||Deceased|
|Flying Monkeys are monkeys with bird-like wings who act as servants to the Wicked Witch of the West.
Most known Flying Monkeys were once a human that was turned into a monkey. If the caster is killed, they will revert to a human. However, if they are killed while in a flying monkey form, they will not revert and would move on to the afterlife.
|The Mome Raths are native to Wonderland.
They are some of the wildest and deadliest creatures of the land. Their mouths are full of fangs, which give the appearance they are pressed together by two beds of nails. They are also attracted to bright lights.
|Doppelgänger Fear Spirits||N/A||3||Deceased|
|Doppelgänger Fear Spirits are paranormal doubles of a living person.
When people seek a plant called Nightroot to remove their fears, they are presented with a doppelganger who represents all of the person's worst fears.
|Ghosts are the spirits of deceased people who reside in the afterlife.
One method to summon a ghost requires that both the murder weapon and murderer must be present at the seance. A ghost may linger even after the portal is closed. If vengeful, they prove vicious towards their killer. If a pregnant woman is possessed, there is no harm to the baby.
|The Giant Cobra is a snake that are larger than normal.
They possesses three heads, but can be easily killed by a powerful sorcerer.
|Marshmallow is a snow monster made of snow, ice, and the emotion of fear.
A magical practitioner that is well-versed in ice magic can create such monster.
|Sven is a reindeer that resides in Arendelle.
He's owner is Kristoff and is believed to be able to communicate with him.
|The Ice Viking is a large creature made out of ice which bears the resemblance to a knight or Viking with armor, a helmet, cape and huge axe and shield.
A magical practitioner that is well-versed in ice magic can create it, but it can also be defeated with fire.
|The Chernabog is an ancient demon that feeds on evil.
It seeks out the heart with the greatest potential for darkness and devours it. The name appears to be related to the Slavic Chernyj Bo: Black God. Without the presence of magic, it can be killed.
|The Darkness is a sentient force of pure evil.
It appears as a black mass of tendrils without a host and is the embodiment of Nimue's magic and soul, which became corrupted after Nimue used the magic granted to her by the Holy Grail to kill Vortigan. The waterfall in the pocket dimension inside the Vault of the Dark One is liquid darkness. Once there is no alive Dark Ones in all the realms, the Darkness would cease to exist.
|Will-o'-the-wisps are spiritual, ethereal beings.
The Will-o'-the-wisps have the appearance of small floating bright blue-colored lights and can lead one to their fate and destiny.
|The Furies are creatures from the Underworld that are sent to collect unpaid debts for the price of magic.
The Furies are strong and can only be defeated by a group of people, and are in the command of Hades, who rules the Underworld. Once Hades dies, they no longer appears to collect the unpaid debts.
|Charon is the Ferryman being who takes the souls of the departed to the Underworld, or brings back souls for a temporary period of time.
Furies serve him to a certain degree as they bring him those who were healed from death's door, but didn't give up something of equal value. He can be summoned by dropping blood from someone who has come back from the Underworld via proper resurrection into a lake.
|The Phantom Knights are a bunch of possessed armor that reside in Brocéliande.
They guard a specific toadstool that's at the center of a large lake and would attack anyone that steals it.
|Souls are the spirits of the deceased.
Upon death, they would end up in the Underworld if they have yet to resolve their unfinished business, Mount Olympus if they have no unfinished business and are pure souls, or the Worst Place if they have no unfinished business but are impure.
|Cerberus is the three-headed hellhound who is the guardian of the Underworld.
It guards those Hades doesn't want found from escaping the dungeons of the Underworld. It can also appear in mortal realms and kill unsuspecting victims.
|Demigods are the children of a God and a human.
Due to the difference of both parents, they are mortal people with strong powers.
|The Nemean Lion was a powerful creature with a fur as impenetrable as steel, making it invincible.
Hercules' first labor was to defeat the beast. After a long exhausting fight against the Nemean Lion, Hercules accidentally dropped his torch which sets a brush on fire. The flames singed the Lion's fur from his body, so it lost its invincibility. Then, Hercules slayed the beast completing his first labor.
|Atlantean Rat Snake||N/A||5||Deceased|
|The Atlantean Rat Snake is a black, red, and blue rat snake whose poison kills anyone infected by it in 24 hours.
As a young boy, Baelfire was bitten by an Atlantean Rat Snake which ended up killed by Milah and causing Rumplestiltskin to resort to any way possible to obtain the antidote from Fendrake.
|Toto is Dorothy Gale's dog.
He is gifted to Dorothy in Kansas and would follow her around, including to the Land of Oz.
|The Munchkins are a species from the Land of Oz.
They live in the Munchkin Village in the Land of Oz and fears the Wicked Witch of the West.
|The Oracle's Bird is a red cockatiel that is owned by the Oracle of Agrabah.
It can give hints of a person's fate in the future, including the possibility of death.
|The Kraken is a monstrous squid.
One of the component on the Nautilus that enables it to travel to any ocean in any of the known realms is powered by the blood of a Kraken.
|Wilby is David's dog.|
|The Great Spider is a giant spider from the Echoless Forest.
It is based on the book Her Handsome Hero. In the book, the Great Spider resided in the Echoless Forest and terrorized the nearby villages until it was slain by the Gideon from the book. It can be briefly be released from the book.
|Fireflies are a New Enchanted Forest native.
Fireflies are normally seen at a bayou nearby Princess Tiana's kingdom.
|The Alligator is a fearsome beast that ravages the waters of New Fairy Tale Land.
It guards an ocean and would attack anyone on sight, but is killed by Princess Tiana.
|Original Counterpart||Cursed Counterpart||Novel||Status|
|Adair||N/A||Shadow of the Queen||Deceased|
|Adair is a human with the abilities to shift himself into a wolf and is the leader of a wolf pack.
In his wolf pack, led by Anita, they shelter and take care of a young child that later grew into the Huntsman, who leaves the pack. This betrayal hits Adair hard. Adair then takes over Anita's responsibilities to make sure the pack stays united. One day, the pack attack the Huntsman in the woods, but they are turned into their human selves by the Evil Queen. She makes a deal with them: hunt Snow White for their safety. Afterward, when Adalyn is poisoned and the Evil Queen refuses to help, Adair questions her motive, but Adair is soon incinerated to death by the Evil Queen.
|Adalyn||N/A||Shadow of the Queen||Unknown|
|Adalyn is a human with the abilities to shift herself into a wolf.
After Anita's death, Adalyn helps Adair to keep the pack united. Following an agreement with the Evil Queen, the pack, including Adalyn, hunts down Snow White to guarantee their safety from the Evil Queen. After Snow White, along with Red and the Huntsman, falls into thin ice, she assume the trio died. However, a silver arrow poisons her, furiating the pack when the Evil Queen refuses to help.
|Lewis||N/A||Out of the Past||Alive|
|Lewis is a pirate.
As part of the crew of the Jewel of the Realm, Lewis witnesses the death of Liam Jones and joins forces with Killian, who renames the ship as the Jolly Roger. On a journey to the Southern Isles in Arendelle, the ship is caught in a storm and Lewis tries to keep the ship steady. Lewis eventually leads the ship to Leviathan Shoals where the crew began work on the ship to set sail after the storm. They are greeted by another ship, with an alive Liam. Lewis believes that Liam is just an enchantment made by the mist. They then proceed to leave the shoals, but are attacked by the Leviathan. During the attack, Lewis assures Killian that Liam is just a hallucination as the Leviathan is killed by dynamite.
|Leviathan||N/A||Out of the Past||Deceased|
|The Leviathan is a giant sea creature.
Resides in Leviathan Shoals, the Leviathan produces a green illusion-casting mist on the Jolly Roger crew, luring them to the shoal. He also makes a hallucination out of Killian's deceased brother and attacks the ship as they tied to leave. However, he is killed by dynamite, with ends the hallucination.
|Samuel||N/A||Out of the Past||Alive|
|Samuel is a mercenary.
Growing up as Belle's friend, he learns about Belle's captivity by Rumplestiltskin at his castle. Hoping to free her, Samuel learns about a dagger that can control Rumplestiltskin and immediately decides to find a way to seize it so he can take charge of the Enchanted Forest. Faking an injury so that Belle would take pity on him, Samuel is brought into Rumplestiltskin's castle with open arms. While healing him, Belle learns about Samuel's true intention, despite him claiming that her father sent him to rescue her. Belle sends him away so that he can do no harm to Rumplestiltskin, but Rumplestiltskin learns about Samuel's plan and takes Pandora's Box from Samuel and imprisons him in a swamp without Belle's knowledge.
|William||N/A||Out of the Past||Deceased|
|William is the older brother of Daniel Colter.
William leaves Daniel when he was still a child to seek his fortune. One day, he learns that Daniel had died and believes that Regina is responsible for his death. Gaining magical sand from a sea nymph, William returns to the Enchanted Forest and confronts Regina, who blames Daniel's death on Snow White. During the confrontation, William tries to sprinkle the magical sand on her, and she counters it with magic, accidentally harming him to death.
|Priscilla||N/A||Out of the Past||Deceased|
|Priscilla is the wife of Jefferson, and mother of Grace.
As a thief in Camelot, she meets Jefferson and eventually marries him, and gives birth to Grace. When one of Jefferson's adventures goes awry, Priscilla goes to Wonderland to help him out, but ends up getting shot by the March Hare and his men. She dies in Jefferson's arms.
|Dodo||N/A||Out of the Past||Deceased|
|The Dodo is a talking dodo who is an inhabitant of Wonderland.
Walking on a pavement, the Dodo is greeted by Jefferson who wishes to get to the mansion of the March Hare. He gives Jefferson directions to the mansion, but cautionarily warns him about the March Hare, who does not kindly welcome visitors. Years later, the Red Queen's Jubjub kills the Dodo and eats him. One of the peasants angrily confronts the Red Queen about the Dodo's death at Wonderland Castle, among others.
|March Hare||N/A||Out of the Past||Alive|
|The March Hare is a gangster and a hunter.
Somehow obtaining the Clock of Evermore, the March Hare stores it safely in his mansion. One day, he catches Jefferson breaking into his mansion to steal the Clock of Evermore. He knocks Jefferson out and ties him to a chair, and takes away his portal hat. He uses the Clock of Evermore and rewinds time so that tea time is never over, as he forces Jefferson to keep him company. Finally getting bored, he leaves a restrained Jefferson for hunting. Upon return, he learns that Jefferson had escaped with his hat with an accomplice and sends his guards after them. Priscilla is harmed by the guards' arrow, but Jefferson escapes with Priscilla's blessing.
|Violet Roberts||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Alive|
|Violet Roberts is one of three daughters in the Roberts family.|
|Florence||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Alive|
|Florence is the stepdaughter of Mayor Benjamin Filbert.|
|Beatrice||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Alive|
|Beatrice is good friends with Violet and Florence.|
|Amos Slade||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Deceased|
|Amos Slade is a hunter whose only companion is a hound dog.|
|Copper||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Alive|
|Copper is Amos Slade's hound dog.|
|Hershel Worthington||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Alive|
|Hershel Worthington is Ernestine Worthington's husband.|
|Knubbin||N/A||Red's Untold Tale||Alive|
|Knubbin is a wizard.
Living in the Enchanted Forest, he has ties with Widow Lucas and her family. During the early years, he helps Anita with her recurring nightmares by procuring a pendant, which has a deadly side-effect that would turn Anita mad. Knubbin is also the creator of Red's cloak that prevents her from transforming into a wolf.
|Claire Fairchild||N/A||Regina Rising||Alive|
|Claire Fairchild is the daughter of her parents, sister of Corbin Fairchild, and fiancée of Prince Benjamin.
As a young child, Claire's father abandons her family, forcing her mother to take care of her brother and herself. Claire then crosses paths with Cora, who promises to help her ride up in the society chain, in return, to befriend and spy on Regina. During a ball at King Leopold's palace, Claire learns about Cora's past with the Royal Family and speaks out, something that strengthens her bond with Regina. However, the bond is eventually broken after Cora rips Claire's heart out in another deal. Regina, hoping that Claire gets what she deserves for spying on her, alters Prince Benjamin's memories, forcing her into marriage.
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